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Bantering Points: 2/28/17

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News and notes for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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With the trade deadline less than 36 hours away, the time for Jeff Gorton's test is drawing nigh. With Kevin Shattenkirk coming to New York tonight, the Rangers' general manager will have to get creative if he wants to shore up his team's depth in an attempt at a lengthy playoff run. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis discusses how Derek Stepan's goal scoring drought is starting to become an issue for New York (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks reports that the Washington Capitals won the bidding war for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and he will make his Capitals debut tonight at Madison Square Garden (NY Post)
  • Brett Bodner relays word from Henrik Lundqvist that he believes James Dolan has been "the best owner" since he arrived on Broadway (NY Daily News)
  • Tom Dianora believes that New York's best chance at playoff success would come via a trip through the Atlantic Division (The Hockey News)
  • Kevin Baumer offers his thoughts on how the Rangers should approach the trade deadline in the post-Shattenkirk era (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Garrett Gartino delivers mid-season report cards for New York's returning forwards from last season (Blue Line Station)
  • Brandon Cohen ponders what the Rangers can do now that Kevin Shattenkirk won't be coming home for another few months (Blue Line Station)
  • Today is the one year anniversary of Eric Staal becoming a New York Ranger, so let us relive the reactions after the trade was announced (Blueshirt Banter)

Around the NHL:

  • J.P broke the news of the Kevin Shattenkirk acquisition to Washington Capitals fans, and they went on a roller coaster of emotions afterwards (Japer's Rink)
  • Sean Leahy reports that forwards Jason Pominville and Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild have been diagnosed with the mumps, as the NHL battles this rare virus for the second time in three years (Puck Daddy)
  • Ross A. made note of one of the other notable trade that happened yesterday, as the Ottawa Senators acquired forward Alex Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. Looks like it's back to the drawing board for Larry Brooks (Silver Seven Sens)
  • Ryan McKenna passes along word from Gary Bettman that the NHL will look to change how they schedule "bye weeks" next season (Sportsnet)
  • Craig Custance addressed the final notable trade of yesterday, with the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring forward Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2nd Round Pick and forward Byron Froese (ESPN)